Brighton Fringe launched their programme at the end of last month and it is jam packed, with more than 1000 events at venues across the city. Here at VisitBrighton, we can’t wait for the return of The Warren and Brighton Spiegeltent (which have their opening nights on 2nd and 3rd May respectively) and to do a Guru Dudu silent disco walking tour!

Photo of Brighton Fringe performers and team at the festival launch aboard the BA i360 pod

The tagline for this year is ‘Dare to Discover’ and the festival is focused more than ever on ensuring that the arts can be discovered by everyone and are accessible to all. This year there are 200+ free events, including stand up; art exhibitions and of course Fringe City and Family Picnics (though you’ll need to pack your own lunch!), as well as the usual family tickets, discounts for groups and 2 for 1 on tickets for selected events if you become a Fringe Friend.

Photo of familieis enjoying the Brighton Fringe picnic at Pavilion Gardens

The Freedom Season, which debuted last year, has grown in scope and in 2019 includes more than 150 events that are accessible to a range of audiences with particular access needs, including those with visible and invisible disabilities. The season also showcases and supports the work of Deaf, disabled and neuro-diverse participants.

There are plenty of shows and activities for children and families – and the Family Guide is out now. 7-year-old Sylvia Bracher won a competition to design the front cover of the guide and we love her illustration of a family gathering on the moon, complete with pet dog and cat. Congratulations Sylvia!

Photo of the Brighton Fringe family brochure cover design winner

As always, the programme features a huge range of genres, including cabaret, theatre, comedy, dance, debate, art and lots more besides. There’s almost too much choice but highlights for me include The Dolly Parton Story, History of Ireland and Mortified. I’m also looking forward to exploring Junkyard Dogs at the Brighthelm Centre.

What are you most excited about at this year’s Brighton Fringe?

Photo a dancing couple at Fringe City taken by James Bellorini

Katie F




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